Dwyane Wade leads Heat over Spurs in NBA Finals

Heat forward LeBron James hugs teammate Dwayne Wade after defeating the Spurs in Game 4 of the NBA...

Heat forward LeBron James hugs teammate Dwayne Wade after defeating the Spurs in Game 4 of the NBA Finals at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, June 13, 2013. (MIKE STONE/Reuters)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:32 PM ET

When the best player in the game today promises a huge improvement, people get excited.

And LeBron James, true to his word was much better.

But it was the guy who didn’t make any promises, any boasts that had the biggest turnaround.

Dwyane Wade had just one game of 20 points or more in the playoffs. He was getting plenty of flak for what was becoming regular disappearing acts in the second half of games.

In his first game of 30 or more points since March 4 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wade pumped in a game-high 32 points as the Heat evened the series at two games apiece with a convincing 109-93 victory.

The win assures the Heat will get the series back to Miami. Game 5 will be played in San Antonio with a Game 6 and possibly a Game 7 back in Miami next Tuesday and Thursday.

For all intents and purposes Game 4 was a must-win for the Heat.

James took the blame for a Game 3 loss and promised to be better.

He was definitely that showcasing that aggressive, attacking style that had been missing for much of the Finals. He finished with 33 points, one more than Wade but were there a player of the game award or a game ball give out, it would have found its way into Wade’s hands.

In addition to his 32 points, Wade also led the defensive charge with six steals. As a team, the Heat had a total of 13 steals, seven blocks and forced San Antonio Spurs into 18 turnovers.

The two teams played the first 24 minutes even with James and Wade leading the way for the Heat and Tony Parker, on a bad leg, leading the way for the Spurs.

But in the second half, Wade and James continued, while Parker was not the same player. He had 15 in the first half and did not score again.

Even Chris Bosh was getting plaudits with 20 points and 13 boards in what was easily his most physical game of the series.

SUPER HEALER

Not sure what kind of advanced medicine the Spurs had access to, but whatever it was it certainly fixed up Parker in an awful hurry.

Parker, diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring sprain after Game 3, looked like a guy who got a new hamstring overnight.

Sure Joe Citizen can go about his workday with a strained hamstring but to make the kind of sudden cuts and stops that Parker does in almost constant succession during a game, that takes some kind of super human effort ... or at least some truly advanced medicine.

Parker was as good as he has been going for 15 points in the half to lead the Spurs.

BUZZER BEATERS

Apparently a bunch of racist morons had a problem with the Spurs’ young anthem singer Sebastian De La Cruz. Full marks to the Spurs for bringing him back for Game 4 and for head coach Gregg Popovich who made a rare stray from his bench just before tipoff to congratulate the young man after last night’s rendition ... Green makes his first three and Miller, in the starting lineup for just the second time in the playoffs, misses his ... When Tim Duncan started laying into Cory Joseph, I would have paid money to see the reaction from Mario Chalmers. Usually it’s Chalmers getting called out in a very public way by his teammates. Joseph, though, is still very new to this playoff basketball so the comparison isn’t a perfect one ... Shane Battier has swapped his three-point shooting touch for a guy who specializes in flopping. Still one of the best interviews in the league, but definitely loses respect with those soccer-like antics ... Enjoyment is listening to Jeff Van Gundy pointing out which players are going to be writing flopping cheques to the league office. Hello there, Chris Bosh. Steve Kerr tried to do the same thing when TNT had the games, but Reggie Miller kept defending the floppers ... Admit it all you Raptors fans. When Chris Bosh went for the hero dunk at the half time buzzer and got caught with the ball in his hands wiping the basket out, you all smiled. If you weren’t smiling, you were laughing out loud ... Duncan did not score a basket from the field until the game was 16 minutes old. Somehow the Spurs were still in it at that point ... How about Boris Diaw. He sits for all of Game 3 and then he gets in for seven minutes in Game 4 and all he does is help the Spurs grab the momentum back for the first time since taking a 10-point lead midway through the first quarter ... Turns out the Chris (the Birdman) Andersen can be caged. Spolestra made sure of that last night locking him to the bench in favour of Mike Miller who moved into the starting five pushing Udonis Haslem into that second unit where he ate up Andersen’s minutes.


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